Positive Guidance for Young Children: Be Consistent

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Positive Guidance for Young Children: Be Consistent

Young children are learning to manage their behaviors and feelings. They may need many reminders of what appropriate behavior looks like. Clear directions from adults in a calm, firm tone of voice help children know what to do.

  • Teach expectations
    Talk about how you expect children to act in a group, at meal times, and during cleanup times. Show them what you mean by modeling the desired behaviors.
  • Respond consistently
    When adults are consistent with consequences and responses, children will understand what has happened in the past and what they can expect in the future.
  • Keep a schedule
    When children are tired, hungry, or thirsty, it is more difficult for them to engage in appropriate behavior. Keep a consistent schedule so children’s physical needs are met.
  • Use natural consequences
    Children learn through cause and effect. If your child spills crackers on the floor, have her help pick them up.
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Child Care Center
  • Family Child Care
  • Home
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschool Program
Intended audience(s):
  • Faculty / Trainer
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Reviewed: 2020